speech and language teaching concepts for the gingerbread man loose at christmas in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/j/ initial (“Gingerbread”)
/er/
/br/ medial
/m/ medial
/n/ final

Themes:

Christmas
spirit of giving to others

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary, Late Elementary

The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas

By Laura Murray

Everyone in class is busy practicing songs and making goodies for their trip to town to thank community helpers, and the Gingerbread Man has made a gift for someone extra sweet. But before he can deliver his gift, whipping wind and swirling snow come to town, too. Slushy sidewalks are no place for a cookie, but this Gingerbread Man won't let a little bad weather stop him! With all the flavors of the season and generous dashes of kindness and gratitude, the Gingerbread Man's newest adventure makes for a perfect read-aloud throughout the holidays.

This charming Christmas book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like the spirit of giving. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting compound adjective phrases as well as compound verb phrases! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complex episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
sequencing
illustration study
social/emotional concepts
verbs (regular past tense)
text features
phonological awareness

Sequencing:

order of the neighbors met and the gifts they were given

Vocabulary:

kind, special, favor, combined, fret

Social/Emotional:

facial expressions
body expressions
giving
surprise
happy

how did the children and the gingerbread man look as they were making gifts for their neighbors?
how did the neighbors feel when they were given their gifts?
what did the neighbors do after they were given their gifts?

Grammar:

complex sentence structure
adjectives (compound phrases)
verbs (compound phrases)
verbs (regular past tense)

Text Features:

ALL CAPS
colored texts
change in font and font size
speech bubbles
animated text (text flows with the wind)

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming
alliterations

If you are interested in seeing other Christmas books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.